Israeli soldiers shoot dead four Palestinians

Israeli soldiers shoot dead four Palestinians after alleged stabbing attempts in occupied West Bank

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli policemen stand next to the scene of a Palestinian alleged stabbing attack close to the West Bank January 7, 2016

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians after an alleged stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers on two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, Israeli’s Army said.

The military announced that three Palestinians were killed at Gush Etzion and the fourth one was killed near Hebron,

No soldiers were wounded during the incident.

Palestinian health officials confirmed the number of deaths.

Palestinian media identified the three Palestinians as Muhanad Kawazbeh, 20, Ahmed Kawazbeh, 21, and Alaa Kawazbeh, 20, all from the same village of Sair, northeastern of Hebron.

Soon after, Israeli troops killed yet another Palestinian in another alleged stab attack against soldiers near Hebron.

The Palestinian was identified as Khalil Shalalda, 16, also from Sair.

Some witnesses have accused Israeli security forces of placing knives in the hands of Palestinians after killing them, giving them a reason to kill them. 

Since October 1, at least 145 Palestinians have been shot dead, while 22 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

Most of the Palestinians killed have been teenagers as young as 12 -some of whom were killed by armed civilians and others by the Israeli Army- in the alleged attempt of stabbings Israelis.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest, while Israel says the unrest has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian authorities have emphasised that there is no hope for the younger generation’s future with tight security measures by Israelis and weak economy. 

Palestinians arrested because of protesting Israel

In the past 13 days, two Palestinians have been arrested in ongoing protests against Israel, forcing them to be sent away from their hometown for up to six months.

One of the protesters Hussam Abu Aisha told Reuters during the protests that he dreamed of seeing his grandchild, play and joke around with his family, but he added that the Israeli occupation wants to take away his simple dream and turn it into a luxury.  

“The [Israeli] occupation wants to take this very normal and simple life from us which looks to me that it has apparently became a luxury under the [Israeli] occupation," he said.

IDF soldier handcuffs a Palestinian (Reuters Archive).

Another protester, Samer Abu Aisha who is also under full house arrest, said that "After really thinking about the situation I decided that I will not accept this order, that I will say no to the banishment [order] and stay in Jerusalem and the result is clear, all of Jerusalem [people] are standing with me and this makes me happy and gives me strength."

Meanwhile, Israel issued an expulsion order that was related to banishing a young Palestinian activist from his home for up to four months in 2010.

TRTWorld and agencies